A delegation of Russian deputies and businessmen has traveled to Iraq to participate in the Baghdad trade fair, a Russian parliamentary committee said Monday. The delegation, which will arrive in Baghdad Tuesday, is expected to meet with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister Tarek Aziz, and Speaker of Parliament Saadoun Hamadi, according to the Interfax news agency.
The Russian deputies will be led by a deputy speaker of the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, Communist Piotr Romanov. Mikhail Gutsyriev, chairman of the Russian oil company Slavneft, is due to meet Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Mohamed al-Rashid to discuss a contract for oil field exploration in Iraq, the company's press office said, cited by Interfax. The Russian delegation would be in Iraq until November 2, the agency added.
Hobbling under a decade-old embargo but flush with high oil revenues, Iraq has attracted record participation in the Baghdad international trade fair, which opens on Wednesday. A total of 1,554 companies from 45 countries are to take part in the fair, as Iraq battles to erode the UN sanctions imposed as punishment for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. — (AFP, Moscow)
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